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Hiking San Diego: Iron Mountain
September 17, 2022 @ 5:30 am - 8:30 am
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One of San Diego’s most popular hikes, the Iron Mountain Trail leads to the second highest peak in Poway and offers great views of Northern San Diego County. On a clear day, hikers can see Mt. Woodson as well as the Catalina Islands. The hike takes place just west of the Boulder Oaks Preserve and the Iron Mountain trailhead is accessed just south of the intersection of Poway Road and CA – 67. There is no shade on this hike so bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
The trail starts flat along a wide sandy trail heading east, eventually getting steeper. There are some very rocky and washed-out sections, so sturdy boots are recommended. Hikers soon reach the Ellie Lane Trail and take a right towards Iron Mountain. There are numerous switchbacks before reaching the summit. Visitors can also access the Wildwood Mountain and Ellie Lane hiking trails from the Iron Mountain trailhead.
Head out on this 5.9-mile out-and-back trail near Poway, California. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 52 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking and running, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.